Lumpy filler is one of the most dreaded results that can occur after filler injections. Lumps can occur for a variety of reasons, some of which are not concerning or completely treatable. Here are some tips on what to do if your cheek fillers go lumpy.
First, do not panic, most cases of lumpy filler will resolve on their own or with basic at-home care. When you notice lumpy filler, know your timeline. Within the first two weeks after your injections, lumps and bumps are normal because the cheek filler is settling. If they are particularly pronounced, your injector may recommend massaging the filler.
Secondly, if it is after two weeks, your injector will likely still recommend massage first. This solves most mild cases of hyaluronic acid filler lumps. However, if the lumps do not get better or get worse, your injector may recommend dissolving the filler. This is usually a last resort and the filler can be reinjected with varying techniques if desired.
Finally, if you underwent injections with a non-hyaluronic acid based filler, treating lumps and bumps is very different because the filler cannot be dissolved. Like with HA fillers though, massaging and time generally resolve it.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.